[October 2, 2022] EPC Sunday Announcements

Welcome Newcomers to EPC!
If you are new to EPC, welcome and God’s peace to you!  We are so glad that you were able to find and join us.  We hope that the worship is both encouraging and convicting to you in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We would love to connect with you.  Please join us in the Lobby after service at the "Welcome Team" booth where we'd like to exchange some information and offer you a small welcoming gift.  We look forward to getting to know you and walking after God’s joy in the Gospel together.

EPC Mask Policy Update
Due to the rising new waves of COVID in northern California, we are asking everyone who comes to in-person service to wear a mask while they are at church (other than when you are eating or drinking).  We will have masks ready to hand out if you do not have one.  Thank you for wearing a mask as an act of love and care for one another!

EPC Membership Registration
We are excited to open up registration for EPC Membership.  There will be two tracks available:
For new members who would like to make EPC their home church.
For current members to go through a "membership refresher" course to continue as members of EPC.  
You can find more information on the homepage of our website (epcministry.org) through the link provided.  The deadline to register for membership, for both new members and current members, is October 9, 2022.

Serving on the EPC "Welcome Team"
The EPC “Welcome Team” will be holding an informational meeting on Sunday, Oct 9, at 12 PM to share various opportunities to serve and build generous and intentional fellowship.  
There are various ways to serve (i.e. join the snack rotation, help set-up/clean-up, welcome newcomers etc) that are not high commitment and low impact but are essential to fostering generosity in fellowship and warmly engaging newcomers to EPC.  If you are interested or would like more information, please join us at the meeting, Oct 9 at 12 PM, to learn more and see how God calls us to serve in the church.

EPC Japan Short Term Missionary
Our sister, Cherri Yoon, will leave for Japan around October 10, 2022.  We will also be holding a send-off and commissioning service for Cherri on October 2 at 2 PM in the EM Sanctuary.  Please join us as we encourage Cherri and send her in the Gospel with God's love.

Pastor Paul and Charlene On Vacation
Pastor Paul and Charlene will be taking a break during the last week of September.  We will have guest speakers bring us God's Word on September 25 (Pastor Sung-Ho Park; KM Lead Pastor) and on October 2 (Pastor James Oh; the new Youth Pastor of EPC).  Please pray for God's refreshment and rest for their short time away.

EPC College Ministry
The College group will begin to meet on Sundays at 12:30 PM in the EM Sanctuary on July 10.  Please keep Pastor Amandy and the College in prayer and support as they begin this new chapter of discipleship and raising faithful men and women in the Gospel.  

EPC Morning Prayer
We have reserved the EM Sanctuary every Wednesday from 6 AM to 8 AM to provide a space for those who would like to come to church to pray and reflect.  We encourage you to use this space and time to grow in the discipline of prayer and starting the day in intimate dependence on God.

Supporting those suffering in the Crisis in Ukraine
EPC has sent $25,000 in March through "Global Giving" and $25,000 in May to "Direct Relief" to aid and assist those who are suffering and have experienced loss due to the crisis in Ukraine as a part of our larger commitment to give $75,000 to various organizations doing relief work.  In the Gospel, God has called us to not only be aware of suffering and brokenness, but to intercede in faithful prayer and to practically be generous as we are able in order to be a presence of love and mercy.  

We encourage you to join us in prayer and awareness of the suffering in the midst of war in Ukraine and if you are able, to give of your resources to help ease the pain and hurt in Ukraine. We have provided a guide on the home page of our website to help us with practical ways to pray, educate and send practical support through agencies and organizations that have a track-record of bringing help to those in need around the world with transparent financial policies.  
We pray for God to reveal His peace and sovereignty over all creation, especially to those suffering and in need all over the world.  And we pray that we would be faithful in not only praying, but in seeking to obediently be the hands and feet of the Gospel to others.  

Offering & Tithe Reminder
If you are mailing in checks as your offering and tithe to God's church, please be sure to write in the "Memo" section of the check, "EPC EM", so that we can be sure to receive your support and to correctly update your personal tax information.  
If you are giving online, please remember to write your name in the "Comment" section on PayPal.  
Thank you for obeying and supporting the body of Christ with your resources.

EPC Church Lunch & Refreshments
EPC KM will be serving lunch in the cafeteria and the EM Welcoming Team will serve coffee and refreshments.  Enjoy!

EPC In-Person & Livestream Sunday Worship
If you are joining us via "live-stream" and experience any issues, please email us at "emoffice@epcsj.org" to let us know as we grow in this new process. The "live-stream" link on our website will be updated every Sunday morning.

If you are with us in-person today and would like to give or tithe here at church, there is an offering box near between the Sanctuary and the EM Lobby where you can drop off your offering envelopes.  Otherwise, you can continue to give God your offerings online on our website under “Give”.

EPC EM App
The EPC App is live on our website for both iOS and Android.  Please go and download it for easy access to notifications for church events and announcements, sermons and content, ways to give, and more.  For those joining us “in-person” for Sunday Worship, you can now also register your attendance in the EPC EM App!  A big thank you to our “Media Team” who worked so hard to make this happen!

EPC Sunday Sermon Reflection Questions
We will be posting the "Sermon Reflection Questions" on the website under "Announcements" to better give access to the various life groups that meet.

EPC Pastoral Care and Prayer Support
If you are in need of pastoral care or would like to request prayer support from the pastors of EPC, please don’t hesitate to go to our website (epcministry.org) and click on “Pastoral Care and Prayer Requests'' under the “Connect” button.  You can keep it confidential if you wish to do so but we would love to serve you by walking with you in fellowship and prayer.
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